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October 5, 2017      6:14 PM

Updated: Investigation of Paxton broadens to include his $500,000 legal defense fund

"Some of that money collected is part of another investigation," said special prosecutor Kent Schaffer, speaking about a bribery investigation in Kaufman County first reported by the DMN's Lauren McGaughy

From the Dallas Morning News report:

AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated under bribery and corrupt-influence laws for accepting a six-figure gift from a CEO whose company was under investigation by the state for fraud, the district attorney leading the probe confirmed Thursday.

In July 2016, Austin-based medical device company Preferred Imaging LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement after a multiyear Medicaid and Medicare fraud investigation. The year before, Preferred Imaging CEO James Webb had given $100,000 to help Paxton fight criminal fraud charges the attorney general has been battling since July 2015.

In response, Paxton’s spokesman Matt Welch sent this statement to QR:

“We have fully cooperated with this inquiry since it began many months ago and we have every indication from the Kaufman County DA’s office that it will be completed soon.  Attorney General Paxton’s personal financial statement fully complies with Texas ethics laws and has been thoroughly vetted by legal counsel who are ethics experts.  Despite irresponsible media speculation and wishful thinking by political opponents, all the donations given to the Paxton legal defense effort are in full compliance with state law and Mr. Webb’s donation was fully disclosed on the required forms at the required time."

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